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Old June 8th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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I've learned so much on these forums in the last couple of weeks. Thanks!!

We depart tomorrow morning!!

I am bringing a 12x12x12 or slightly smaller collapsible soft-side cooler. My original plan was to put it and the drinks IN my suitcase. However a friend that is going in a different cabin said she planned to just tag her cooler as luggage by itself.

Any problem with that?

(We do know not to put ice in them)

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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:32 PM
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I recommend taping the top to the cooler so it doesn't become dislodged and lost. It can be counted as baggage.
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Default Ice question...

I am going on my first cruise and also have a question about coolers. Are there ice machines on board to fill it with? I am guessing there are since it seems like so many people bring coolers but wanted to be sure.
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Brenda, this is my first cruise in over 20 years, but I've been doing a lot of reading in the last few weeks.

You can NOT have ANY ice in it when taking it on board. There are ice machines in rooms called "pantries". You can ask your stateroom service person to fill it each day - leave a note asking him along with an extra tip. You can also ask him / her where the pantry is and do it yourself - occassionally they will say that the pantry is off limits to passengers, but most of the time they will tell you.
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I am going on my first cruise and also have a question about coolers. Are there ice machines on board to fill it with? I am guessing there are since it seems like so many people bring coolers but wanted to be sure.
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The first day onboard, your room steward will usually come and introduce him(her)self to you.
I usually just ask them at that time, to keep my cooler full of ice all week.
3 cruises and I have yet to even think about needing more ice.
I just give them a tip at the request and another at the end if the service was good. (has been so far)

We also pack our drinks in the sturdiest piece of luggage we are using and pack shoes, etc... in the rolling cooler and check it with the rest of the luggage.

It has worked great for 3 cruises and counting. (knock on wood)

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I'd be concerned that an ice chest would not hold up as checked luggage not really designed for that.
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Collapsable cooler is the way to go. Ours is a California Creation I think that we bought from Sams club a while back.

Fold and take in checked luggage.

For take along liquids copious amounts of bubble wrap should work with items in checked luggage. I wont reveal my personal secret for getting stuff past the booze Nazi's.
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did I read somewhere that you can tag like a case of soda and check it with your luggage?
As long as it's a reasonable amount correct??
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How do you take your soda on board?
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we used our softsided cooler with hard plastic insert as a carryon and put our cameras, video camera, swimsuits, phone chargers, medication, id, etc. in it...no questions asked....
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we used our softsided cooler with hard plastic insert as a carryon and put our cameras, video camera, swimsuits, phone chargers, medication, id, etc. in it...no questions asked....
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How do you take your soda on board?
We take one 12 pk of diet and one 12 pk of regular soda on every cruise.

We carry it on in a pilot bag I have with wheels to prevent leakage.
Security will ask you to open it, but that is just to make sure it is not beer.

You can also bring soda from the ports.
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Collapsable cooler is the way to go. Ours is a California Creation I think that we bought from Sams club a while back.

Fold and take in checked luggage.

For take along liquids copious amounts of bubble wrap should work with items in checked luggage. I wont reveal my personal secret for getting stuff past the booze Nazi's.
I must agree with all the posts about getting ice from your cabin steward. Ours was always full. Tipped him well also.

We didn't have any problems or secrets to packing booze. We just packed in it our checked luggage. I did make sure it was too close to anything hard. A jacket works really good. They were plastic bottles also. Most comes that way now. We did have a friend use a mouth wash bottle...tasted minty....ewwww
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I am going on my first cruise and also have a question about coolers. Are there ice machines on board to fill it with? I am guessing there are since it seems like so many people bring coolers but wanted to be sure.
Thanks!
The first day onboard, your room steward will usually come and introduce him(her)self to you.
I usually just ask them at that time, to keep my cooler full of ice all week.
3 cruises and I have yet to even think about needing more ice.
I just give them a tip at the request and another at the end if the service was good. (has been so far)

We also pack our drinks in the sturdiest piece of luggage we are using and pack shoes, etc... in the rolling cooler and check it with the rest of the luggage.

It has worked great for 3 cruises and counting. (knock on wood)

Bill
Bill, can I ask. How much did you tip the first day, when you requested the ice to be filled all week?
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i take a cooler all the time i put all my bathroom stuff in it if it spills you just wipe it out and your good to go
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I never thought of the cooler idea .. ok next trip .. camera, bathroom, sun lotiosns and carry on wine .. cool

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